Anniversaries

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Nirvana’s Nevermind Is About To Turn 20, And Spin Got Thirteen Bands To Celebrate

Nevermind 20th Anniversary coverage dominates Spin‘s August 2011 issue, which hits newsstands in a week. Cover story “What Nevermind Means Now” is supplemented by Newermind, a track-by-track cover version of Nevermind. Cobain favorites Meat Puppets and The Vaselines share billing with new kids on the block like Surfer Blood, whose guitarist told the magazine, “Kurt Cobain was dead before I could tie my shoes,” and Jessica Lee Mayfield, who admits, “I found out about Nirvana through the Foo Fighters. I’m sure I’m not the only one who walked that discovery trail.”

The bands who have been most directly influenced by Nirvana are the most reverent in their takes, although Telekinesis, at least, has an excuse: their contribution was last-minute, “when one someone?no need to name names, so let’s just say it was Wavves?went AWOL.” On the other end of the spectrum, we’re rather fascinated by Foxy Shazam‘s transformation of “Drain You” into a glam epic complete with horn section.

The album is available for free download now in exchange for “liking” Spin on Facebook and giving an email address; non-Facebook users can get the tribute directly from Spin‘s site on July 26 when the issue streets.

Free Album: Spin Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind [Spin]

[John Paul Pitts (Surfer Blood guitarist) Image: Getty Images]

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Anniversaries: Marcus Mumford Honors Dylan’s Birthday; Cannes Remembers Bob Marley

In honor of Bob Dylan‘s 70th birthday on May 24th, Rolling Stone has compiled a heap of birthday coverage today, including a feature in which ten artists reflect on their favorite Dylan songs. The one surprise in the set?and the only post-1975 Dylan song selected?is “Not Dark Yet,” from 1997′s Time Out of Mind, selected by none other than Marcus Mumford. Read more…